PA Gov. Tom Corbett Is in Serious Trouble

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 10:17 am

Governor Corbett is now losing to six of the seven possible Democratic nominees. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, the front runner in the crowded Democratic primary, is leading Corbett 45/37%.

Obama’s Former PR Flack: Thread Tying Keystone XL, PA Gov’s Race Together

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 2:45 pm

Pennsylvania Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and former head of the PA Department of Environmental Protection, Kathleen “Katie” McGinty, has hired powerful PR firm SKDKnickerbocker for her campaign’s communications efforts.

SKDKnickerbocker – once known as Squier Knapp Dunn – is co-owned by President Barack Obama’s former Communications Director Anita Dunn and a member of Obama’s national media team for his 2008 run for President, Bill Knapp. Both Dunn and Knapp previously did PR for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 run for President, as well.

Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 12:50 pm

Royal Dutch Shell, which owns or leases about 900,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale, had a great idea.

It wanted to frack the Ukraine. But, there was opposition. So, Royal Dutch Shell decided to create a junket for some of the Ukrainians opposed to fracking to show them just how wonderful fracking is.

‘Putting People Over Profits’: The Fight Against Fracking

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 5:20 pm

Pennsylvanians want to put a moratorium on fracking.

And it’s not just a few thousand, but a majority of the state’s residents.

State Tax Cuts Take a Bite Out of Pennsylvania’s Budget Pie

By: Wednesday March 13, 2013 12:30 pm

Advocates delivered half a pie to every Pennsylvania legislator Tuesday. Why half a pie?

To remind them that a decade of large tax cuts for businesses has left schools, health care services, and local communities with a smaller share of the state budget pie.

In the Bid to Privatize PA’s Lottery, One Is the Loneliest Number

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 6:38 pm

One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do …

Although I’m dating myself, some of you may recognize the Harry Nilsson song made famous by Three Dog Night. We recommend that Governor Tom Corbett download it to his iPod as he contemplates whether to accept a solitary bid from Camelot Global Services to take over the operation of the Pennsylvania Lottery. Whether privatizing state services or getting a new roof for your house, having a single lonely bidder is a red flag for a fleecing — for overpaying the contractor.

In its bid, Camelot promises 20 to 30 years of lottery profits that barely increase at the rate of inflation — even with the addition of new lottery games such as Keno and online gaming. The deal could produce big-time profits for Camelot with performance no better than the public system could produce. If the company maxes out its incentive-based compensation over the initial 20-year contract, it could receive $1.15 billion in today’s dollars; more when you count annual management fees.

A good deal for Camelot, but not for the Pennsylvania seniors who benefit from lottery proceeds

Report Shows Fracking in PA Poisoning Communities as Floodgates Open for Drilling on Campuses, Public Parks

By: Monday October 22, 2012 7:30 am

Pennsylvania recently passed Act 147 – also known as the Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act – opening up the floodgates for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on the campuses of its public universities. As noted in a recent post by DeSmog, the shale gas industry hasn’t limited Version 2.0 of “frackademics” to PA’s campuses, but is also fracking close to hundreds of K-12 schools across the country, as well.

Fracking Your Future: Shale Gas Industry Targets College Campuses, K-12 Schools

By: Thursday October 18, 2012 6:00 pm

In Pennsylvania – a state that sits in the heart of the Marcellus Shale basin – the concept of “frackademia” and “frackademics” has taken on an entirely new meaning.

On Sept. 27, the PA House of Representatives – in a 136-62 vote – passed a bill that allows hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” to take place on the campuses of public universities. Its Senate copycat version passed in June in a 46-3 vote and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed it into law as Act 147 on Oct. 8.

Fact Checking PA Governor Corbett’s Jobs Record…and Some Unsolicited Advice

By: Saturday September 22, 2012 5:00 pm

Governor Tom Corbett’s administration has a new summary of Pennsylvania’s recent job performance. Today’s news that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is as high as the national unemployment rate underscores, however, that the state’s recent jobs record is not good. Let’s take a closer look.

Corbett Administration Rebukes DoJ Document Request in Pennsylvania Voter ID Case

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 10:40 am

The Administration of Tom Corbett in Pennsylvania is stamping its feets about Justice Department requests for documents on the state’s new voter ID law. They don’t want to turn over the data on how many voters could be disenfranchised the law, for fear that the DoJ would… find out, I guess.

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